Want to help make a difference in the movement towards positive mental health for all Canadians? You can start by getting loud with CMHA provincial offices and branches across the country this week during our mental health week campaign.
Reducing discrimination and stigma is paramount so that people no longer feel shame due to a mental illness and will no longer wait to seek the support and help they need. Here are just a few ways you can GET LOUD and be a part of the conversation that challenges stigma. Visit the official CMHA Mental Health Week website – www.mentalhealthweek.ca – to find out more ways to GET LOUD for mental health.
- GET LOUD BY SPEAKING UP!
We often suffer silently. One of the ways to Get Loud is to speak up. Talk openly to someone you feel safe with: a loved one or a friend. If they’re informed and supportive, they won’t judge or shame you about your mental health concerns. They may even have their own concerns, and you’d be opening a dialogue. Either way, talking about it can end the silence.
- GET LOUD BY BEING THAT FRIEND
You can be that friend who opens up the conversation. You can start by simply asking “How are you, really?” Offer to listen without judgment, and to do what you can to help.
- GET LOUD TO GET HELP
The one person you’ll want to GET LOUD to next is your family doctor. Tell them if you need support. Tell them if you need services. Contact your local CMHA for programs and services in your area. If you’re in crisis, don’t wait. Go to your hospital emergency department or call 911.
- GET LOUD FOR MORE MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORTS AND SERVICES
Don’t stop at seeking help: demand it. Get Loud with your elected representatives. Tell them we need increased mental health funding for more – and better – mental health programs and services. Governments at every level need to hear that mental health is a top health priority for all Canadians. We’ve created a letter for you. Simply download our letter and send or email it to either your local federal MP or your Provincial Minister of Health, or use the tool at www.mentalhealthweek.ca and let CMHA do it for you.
- GET LOUD FOR A HEALTHIER WORKPLACE
You can promote mental health where you work. One place to start is to book a CMHA workshop that provides education and addresses mental health in the workplace. Contact CMHA’s Workforce Mental Health Collaborative for more information on workforce psychological health and safety training, resources or support.
- GET LOUD BY HOSTING AN EVENT
Organize and host an event to raise awareness and funds to support CMHA’s mission. Submit your event at www.mentalhealthweek.ca. Together, let’s improve and maintain the mental health of all Canadians, while helping to support those of us with mental illness.
- GET CREATIVE FOR MENTAL HEALTH
Maybe you’re creative… Get Loud in song. Get Loud with art.
Write a song, create a work of art, build a sculpture or craft a poem. Don’t forget to share it on your social media.
- GET SOCIAL FOR MENTAL HEALTH
Use social media to promote CMHA Mental Health Week. Ask your friends to share your posts and get the message out that we are Getting Loud for mental health. Join our THUNDERCLAP at mentalhealthweek.ca to contribute your social media reach to the cause.
- GIVE TO GET LOUD
Make a donation of any size to CMHA. We will use these funds to GET LOUD on your behalf, for better mental health for all Canadians. You can donate at mentalhealthweek.ca or through your local CMHA branch.
And don’t forget: tell us how you’re getting loud. You can download the official CMHA Social Activation (the word balloon) document. Write in how you’re using CMHA Mental Health Week to GET LOUD, and share a selfie with it on your social media accounts!
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @cmhaniagara and #GETLOUD for mental health.